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County Holds Second Hearing on General Plan Update

The San Diego County Supervisors held the second hearing on their plan to change land-use zoning in the unincorporated areas of the county for the next 40 years; the board chambers were full.

One of the unanswered questions from the first public hearing was whether there is any money available to compensate potentially thousands of people who may lose property value under the county’s new zoning plan.

The supervisors asked staff if money might be available from the Multiple-Species Conservation Fund or Transnet, the half-cent sales tax devoted to transportation projects.

Eric Larson of San Diego’s Farm Bureau says county staff reported those funds cannot be used to compensate farmers.

“As we understand it, the answer is that funding is available for land preservation,” Larson said. “But only if that land has a habitat or wildlife protection value. It does not quite fit the criteria for farm protection.”

Larson says if less future development is permitted on farm land, it affects the farmers’ ability to borrow money, which affects their ability to stay in business.

The county’s existing General Plan was adopted more than 30 years ago.

The supervisors will not make a decision on which new land-use map to adopt before next year.

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